Nick Shiambouros is off to Ireland for today's double as he selects two runners from the high class card at the Curragh...
"She ran on strongly inside the final furlong, and would have prevailed in another stride"
Cheerupsleepyjean to wake up
This race is at the mercy of Cheerupsleapyjean who finished an excellent third to Quick Suzy in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot earlier this month.
She missed the break, but put in some stellar work in the closing stages and finished the race with good energy. The extra furlong should bring about further improvement, and will be a tough nut to crack.
She is the clear form choice and is reasonably priced at 1.834/5 on the Sportsbook
Thundering Nights worth another chance
Thundering Nights is my selection in this this fascinating Group 1.
This talented filly finished a close second to Mean Mary in the Grade 2 New York Stakes at Belmont Park earlier this month. She ran on strongly inside the final furlong, and would have prevailed in another stride. I had a pretty decent bet on her and the result stung a bit.
This was a warm Grade 2 with horses like Harvey's Lil Goil who was third in the Breeders' Cup in behind. Favourite Santa Barbara looks overpriced at 3.02/1 on what she has achieved. She has plenty to prove against her elders. The 4.57/2 on the Sportsbook is more than fair.
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